- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Verso Books; New edition edition (13 April 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844675084
- ISBN-13: 978-1844675081
- Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 0.4 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 70 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Enemy within: Thatcher's Secret War Against the Miners Paperback – 13 Apr 2004
There is a newer edition of this item:
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
"A real-life thriller." - Evening Standard "One of the most remarkable demolition jobs ever." - Spectator "A tribute to detailed journalistic investigation ... strips away the myths and lies." - New Statesman "An astonishing book." - The Nation "Riveting. It knocks spots off the usual 'whodunnit'" - Guardian
Margaret Thatcher branded Arthur Scargill and the other leaders of the 1984-5 miners' strike ;'the enemy within'. With the publication of this bestselling book a decade later, the full irony of that accusation became clear. There was an enemy within. But it was not the National Union of Mineworkers that was out to subvert liberty. It was the secret services of the British state - operating inside the NUM itself. Seumas Milne revealed for the first time the astonishing lengths to which the government and its intelligence machine were prepared to go to destry the power of Britain's miners' union. Using phoney bank deposits, staged cash drops, forged documents, agents provocateurs and unrelenting surveillance, MI5 and police Special Branch set out to discredit Scargill and other miners' leaders. Planted tales of corruption were seized on by the media and both Tory and Labour politicians in what became an unprecedentedly savage smear campaign.In this new edition, published for the twentieth anniversary of Britain's most important postwar social confrontation, new material brings the story up to date - and, in the wake of the Iraq war intelligence scandals, highlights the continuing threat posed by the security services to democracy today. See all Product description
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
If I had known the full facts at the time, explained so well in this exceptional book my opinions would have been so different.
Those foolishness enough to believe we live in a free democracy should read this and think carefully.
Well written. Informative. Frightening.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews